"Put Your Records On" - Corinne Bailey Rae (Corinne Bailey Rae)
This song is a nice easy-going track that flows well and does so because of Corinne's silky smooth voice. This song makes me think of cruising on the highway with the sun high in the sky, my shades on, and a smile on my face.
"A Dios La Pido" - Juanes (Tr3s Presents Juanes MTV Unplugged)
When I was in college, one of my Spanish professors would incorporate popular songs into our curriculum. Juanes was one of the artists, and this song "A Dios La Pido" is one I still listen to today. One of his biggest hits, this song is very catchy, and you will be tapping your feet when the rhythm section of the chorus comes out. The beautiful thing about music is that even if you don't know any Spanish, you can still listening to it.
"We Don't Talk About Bruno" - Lin Manuel-Miranda (Encanto Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
When this movie originally came out late last year, I had heard rumblings of it being good. So, I did my research and watched the movie once it got onto Disney+. This song is one that is so catchy that if you even hear a little of it, it is now stuck in your head. The movie itself was great, but the music that Lin Manuel-Miranda came up with was simply fantastic. I highly recommend both the soundtrack and the movie.
"Killing Me Softly With His Song" - Fugees (The Score)
The Fugees blew up the hip hop world with their album The Score in 1996. Featuring a triple threat of Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, and Pras Michel, the trio was able to make this album an instant success. Lauryn Hill's vocals on "Killing Me Softly With His Song" are probably one of my personal favorites. The beat is simplistic but works so well. If you have not listened to the Fugees or Lauryn Hill, please consider this your introduction.
"All Night Parking" - Adele (30)
30 is the newest album by superstar recording artist Adele. She is one of my guilty listening pleasures, and this record does not disappoint. The song I chose, "All Night Parking," is an almost haunting melody of wanting to be back home in the person you love's arms. The beat is unique with some hip hop connotations and that is what first caught my ear. This album has Adele at a new chapter in her life, but as always she pulls out a spectacular performance.